Samuel: 5 Years Old {LEGO Party and an Interview}

It’s hard to believe that Sam is five years old. It seems like just yesterday we were finding out we were pregnant for the very first time.

We had a LEGO Party to ring in a new year for him. After spending some time at my family’s house and discovering just how much he loved them, we thought it would be a great way to get a little help building his stash.

thumb_IMG_0079_1024I made a LEGO cake that took way longer than I expected it to, but I had so much fun making it. Sam helped me design it on a LEGO board first, and then I just made two sheet cakes, cut them into pieces and iced them. The buttons are simply iced Oreos. Simple dimple!

thumb_DSC_0764_1024I didn’t know so many people didn’t eat birthday cake. Even though we had over 30 people at the party, I could have stuck with just one sheet cake. Now I know! thumb_DSC_0775_1024We started the party with coloring sheets I downloaded for free off the internet. One of Sam’s all time favorite activities is coloring, so this was a no brainer.thumb_DSC_0784_1024Grammy made an adorable banner that we hung over the mantle with some baby pictures of Sam. Baby pictures only because this was the last time I remembered to print pictures off … bad mom award. 😉thumb_DSC_0798_1024We served pizza, veggies and fruit for everyone to eat! And afterward, we played a couple of games – pin the head on the LEGO man and a bean bag toss. My pictures were too blurry to post. thumb_DSC_0814_1024Katie is one of Sam’s sweet friends, and he wanted her to sit with him to open his presents. He’s had this planned for days. thumb_DSC_0816_1024Love how sweet their friendship is.thumb_DSC_0823_1024The birthday boy kicked back waiting for us to light his candles. thumb_DSC_0824_1024Blurry but too cute not to post.

thumb_DSC_0825_1024One very, very, very happy little boy!

thumb_IMG_0100_1024On his actual birthday, we started the day off with celebration donuts. He chose a chocolate covered one with sprinkles, but in true form, he only ate the bottom of the donut.

This picture makes me happy and sad all at the same time. Happy because he is thrilled to be a five years old. Happy that I’ve known him for five whole years and there is still so much to learn about him. Happy because he’s mine. Yet sad because this is the first picture that I don’t see baby anymore. Sad because I can see the man he’s becoming emerging in the curve of his chin and the look in his eye. But mostly I’m just thankful. To Sam, the best oldest son I have. A teacher, a leader, our courageous one. We love you Buddy!

thumb_IMG_0099_1024In the afternoon, we went bowling as a family, and these two really got into it. I love how very dear they are to one another. The best of friends. I’m also thankful that we’re all home together during the days so we had the flexibility to go during the day since there was going to be league bowling after dinner.

When we got home, I conducted an interview with Sam.

What was the best part of being four years old?

My smartness went out. I can’t think of anything. Okay, okay … eating ice cream. It was a long time ago.

{I don’t think he understood the question.}

What do you think five years old will be like?

Ohh, having my birthday tonight – I’m eating mac-n-cheese for my birthday. And ribs.

{Again, not sure he understood the question, but we did have ribs, mac-n-cheese, green beans, cole slaw, and rolls for dinner with Grammy, Big Papa, Nannie, and Pop. 🙂 }

What is your favorite thing to learn in school?

I like my worksheets. Reading. Math. Science. And coloring.

What do you want to be when you grow up?

A Dad.

How many kids are you going to have?

I think I want to choose 14. I’m going to have a lot of them!

What is your favorite book to read?

The Three Little Pigs. The one with the wolf. That’s what I’m going to read to my kids.

What is your favorite thing to do?

Hmm…play games.

What’s your favorite game?


Now, will you ask me about Woody Woodpecker?

What is your favorite cartoon?

Woody the Woodpecker.

Who is your best friend?

Timmy! And Jackson and Emmy.

What is your favorite color?


What is your favorite thing to eat?

Fried eggs.

What is your favorite thing God made?


What about outside?

Flowers. And playing!

What is your favorite Bible verse?

John the Baptist.

No, not person. Verse like when we do the scripture memory box together.

Oh, taste and see that the Lord is GOOOOOOOD! ~Psalm 34:8a

What is your favorite thing about Daddy?

Playing baseball with him and going bowling with him.

What is your favorite thing about Mommy?

Reading books with you and sitting in your lap.

What is your favorite thing about Timmy?

Playing with him.

What’s your favorite thing to play with Timmy?

Um. Hmmm…let me think. While scratching his temple. Superheroes!

Are you looking forward to having another brother?

Probably. He could be my catcher and Timmy could be my thrower.

So, you’re the batter?


What else would you like to say?

Um, no.

And with that, this little boy is off to play the Wii and wait for his ribs and mac-n-cheese!

It was a fun-filled 5th birthday! I look forward to another year with this little dude.

Timmy Turns One and I Deserve a Cookie

Did I say I deserve a cookie? Yes, yes, I did.

Timmy is not a textbook baby. He has kept me on my toes this year, humbling me, and reminding me of my great need for God. He makes me laugh and cry all in the same day. This kid has my heart. He is sweet, funny, and loveable. He’s walking like crazy and loves airplanes. Books are growing on him and he loves music. He’s a dancing machine and amazing sleeper. He’s one year old and we are glad to have him. He is the perfect addition to our family.

Now, let’s enjoy some cookies!

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Surprise Birthday Party for Daddy

My man loves fine dining. He loves every kind of dining, but he really loves fine dining. Me? Not so much. Give me steak and potatoes in large portions and I’m happy. I don’t really care for “fru-fru foods.”

But I do love my man, and I do love to surprise him every now and then. Sam and I cooked up (pun intended) a surprise for Daddy on his birthday. We got all dressed up in our fancy clothes, cleaned the house, lit the candles, and planned a fine dining experience sure to rock Daddy’s world.


I found the only tie available for Sam, got on YouTube for a quick refresher on how to tie it (I still did a cruddy job), and let him eat cucumbers while I figured out how to serve the brie. DSC_0051_1024

We set the table with our fanciest gear and borrowed candles from the neighbors advent wreath for the night. DSC_0052_1024

I put on the only “sexy” black dress that fit my post partum body and neither of us bothered with shoes. DSC_0056_1024

We sent Daddy upstairs when he got home to put on his fancy clothes that Sam picked out for him. Timmy just hung out in his sleeping garb being cute.

We ate lamb chops perfectly cooked (thank you very much), baked potatoes and salad.


And had some homemade coconut cream pie for dessert! Yum!

DSC_0062_1024Of course Sam helped blow out the candles.

We’re thankful for this man and it was so fun surprising him with my boys!